Essay Recipe

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Essay Recipe

1 Introduction Paragraph (could be more)


3 or more supporting paragraphs


1 Concluding paragraph (could be more)



An INTRODUCTION PARAGRAPH states what the essay will be about.  It acts in much the same way that a topic sentence acts in a paragraph.  The paragraphs in the essay can only be about what the introduction paragraph stated.  


Examples of Great Introductory Paragraphs



The writer should use a HOOK to catch the writer's attention.


A hook in the essay is a catchy sentence or paragraph in the introduction which serves as an attention-grabbing element.


"Archeologists believe, based on marks they've seen on mummies, that human beings had tattoos between 4000 and 2000 B.C. in Egypt."(David Shields, 36 Tattoos)


"Archeologists believe, based on marks they've seen on mummies, that human beings had tattoos between 4000 and 2000 B.C. in Egypt."(David Shields, 36 Tattoos)



The writer should also include a thesis statement if needed.


thesis statement focuses your ideas into one or two sentences. It should present the topic of your paper and also make a comment about your position in relation to the topic. Your thesis statement should tell your reader what the paper is about and also help guide your writing and keep your argument focused.



SUPPORTING PARAGRAPHS support the essay by "talking" about the topic of the essay.  For instance if my introduction paragraph said that the essay was going to be about a giant named Igor who was afraid of birds, the supporting paragraphs must only be about Igor and his fear of birds.


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REMEMBER!  The supporting paragraph(s) must support the introduction paragraph--that is it's (their) job.  If the supporting paragraph(s) DO NOT have anything to do with the INTRODUCTION PARAGRAPH, THEY DO NOT BELONG IN THAT ESSAY.



The CONCLUDING PARAGRAPH ends the essay.  It wraps things up.  The writer may do that by summarizing the body of the essay.  IN NO WAY must the writer bring in new information or items.  Concluding paragraphs end the essay.


How To Write A Conclusion Paragraph | Ending the Essay - YouTube




Some things to do as you write:


1.  Identify the audience that your writing is intended for and use language and style appropritae for that audience.


2.  Brainstorm and organize ideas before you begin to write.  It's like driving a car; the car won't go anywhere unless it has gasoline in it and the engine is turned on.


3.  Write without worrying about making mistakes--there is time to fix errors later.


4.  Read what you've written.  


5.  Have someone else read your story before you turn it in for grading.


6.  Never be satisfied with your writing; a good writer always sees ways that he/she can make their writing better.


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Humankind can’t continue their lives without desires. If one wants to be happy, surely, he has to discover his best desires that provide him a happy life. Some of these desires that help to continue our lives can be acceptance in our relationships, a good family life and strong social relations. Trying to satisfy these desires has a great meaning to achieve happiness for me.


To start with, however embarrassed I am about this desire of mine, I have an obsession to expect people to accept my thoughts and manners in every situation. Yes, this is not a good characteristic and sometimes makes me an antipathic person but trying to be accepted by someone can give you happiness, too. Besides, if you can manage to make someone love you knowing and accepting all about you, I think that is the absolute happiness.


Furthermore, it seems to me that family is the basic source of happiness. Certainly, I can’t always be a good guy and sometimes I make them upset but I can’t stand seeing them upset. Therefore, I try to do whatever necessary to make them happy. Consequently, when I see happy family faces, I feel deeply happy.


Thirdly, to have friends is one of the most meaningful aspects of life. I believe that one should have three very warm friends at least. For example, I can’t bear loneliness and if I couldn’t share all my heart with these warm friends, I believe that I could never be happy. As a consequence, if you feel like me, it will be worth improving your close relationships in order to be happy.


To recap, humankind has a short life but he is given a lot of desires to be happy. Moreover, if one wants to discover the meaning of his short life, he should look for it in desires. Whether he finds it or not, he will taste happiness just by looking for it.





Examples of Clustering/Planning/Brainstorming


Example One




Example TWO


Prewriting Activity By Clustering In Writing




Example Three

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Example Four


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"In teaching others we teach ourselves"  - ProverbWriting a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
—George Orwell